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Parma, OH- The St. John Heralds saw their season come to a disappointing end on Thursday, losing 16-1 to the Hillsdale Falcons in the District Championship game of the OHSAA playoff tournament.

The game started promisingly for the Heralds, with Anthony Severino singling in the first inning to give them an early 1-0 lead. However, the Falcons quickly responded in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs on an Owen Hoffman ground out, a Brady Heller single, and a Heralds error to take a 2-1 lead.

Hillsdale extended their advantage to 4-1 in the second inning thanks to RBI singles from Brock Bower and Hoffman. But the fourth inning proved disastrous for the Heralds, as the Falcons erupted for 11 runs on eight hits to blow the game wide open.

The Falcons’ fourth-inning onslaught was keyed by hits from Braylen Jarvis, Kael Lewis, Heller, Aiden Hoffman, Gavin Casdorph, Bower, Hoffman again, and Chase Clutter. When the dust settled, Hillsdale had a commanding 15-1 lead.

On the mound, Aaron Wychock took the loss for the Heralds, allowing nine hits and 10 runs (nine earned) over three innings. Casdorph earned the win for Hillsdale, surrendering just one run on five hits over five frames.

Offensively for the Heralds, Brady Cole, Bryson Vennitti, Severino, Ezra Campbell, and Will Anderson each collected one hit. But they could never string together a rally against the Falcons’ pitching.

Bower led the way for Hillsdale’s potent offense, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Jarvis, the two Hoffmans, and Casdorph also had multiple hits for the Falcons, who finished with 14 hits total. They also stole six bases and played error-free defense.

The loss ended the Heralds’ season with a final record of 16-6. While the District Championship game was a disappointment, the team should be proud of an excellent overall campaign.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Photo credit: Joclyn Nicholas

Ashtabula, OH- Will Anderson’s commanding performance on the mound propelled the St. John Heralds to a resounding 11-0 victory over the Medina Christian Knights in the sectional final of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Thursday. Anderson struck out 11 batters, allowing no hits and no runs over five innings while walking only one batter.

The Heralds wasted no time in asserting their dominance, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After a Knights error, Ryan Williams singled, and Anthony Severino doubled, each scoring a run to give the Heralds an early 2-0 lead.

The offensive onslaught continued in the bottom of the second inning as the Heralds scored five runs on two hits. Brady Cole singled, driving in two runs, Ezra Campbell was struck by a pitch, bringing in another run, Bryson Vennitti was also hit by a pitch, scoring another run, and Aaron Wychock drew a walk, adding another run to the Heralds’ tally.

The Heralds added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Campbell singled, and Severino hit a sacrifice fly, each scoring a run to make the score 9-0.

Tyler Jones took the mound for the Knights but struggled to contain the Heralds’ potent offense. The right-hander allowed six hits and 10 runs (nine earned) over three innings, striking out five and walking three.

The Heralds collected nine hits in the game, with Cole and AJ Henslee each contributing two hits. Cole, Severino, and Campbell each drove in two runs, while Anderson showcased his baserunning prowess, stealing two bases. The Heralds swiped four bases in total and did not commit a single error in the field, with Kyle Hejduk handling a team-high 11 chances.

With their dominant performance, the Heralds will move on to face the McDonald Blue Devils in the District Semifinals of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Tuesday at Cuyahoga Community College, with first pitch scheduled for 2 pm.


Warren, OH- Santino Ciambotti’s impressive performance propelled the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles to a commanding 12-2 victory over St. John on Wednesday. Ciambotti’s bat came alive as he drove in four runs on three hits, including two crucial singles in the fourth and fifth innings, each scoring two runs.

The scoring action began early for the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles, with Caleb Hadley’s single and an error by St. John in the bottom of the first inning, allowing two runs to cross the plate.

Despite St. John briefly tying the game at two in the top of the fourth inning, the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles quickly regained control. In the bottom of the fourth, they exploded for six runs on four hits, taking an 8-2 lead. Ciambotti’s single that drove in two runs proved to be the pivotal moment of the inning.

Pitcher Freddy Bolchalk delivered a solid performance for the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles, allowing zero earned runs over five innings, with eight strikeouts and only two walks. On the other side, Aaron Wychock took the loss for St. John, surrendering seven runs (three earned) over three innings.

The John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles’ offense was supported by their patience at the plate, drawing 10 walks throughout the game. Dominic Ryan led the team with two hits, while Michael Condoleon, Nico Ciminero, and Caleb Hadley each earned two walks.

For St. John, Brady Cole, Aj Henslee, Bryson Vennitti, Aaron Wychock, and Ryan Williams contributed one hit each.

Looking ahead, the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles will face Cardinal Mooney on Thursday, while the Heralds will host the Bristol Panthers on Saturday.


Canton, OH- In a sectional final OHSAA tournament game, the St John Heralds faced off against the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, ultimately falling short with a final score of 10-0 on Wednesday.

The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, with Avery McMahon hitting a home run in the first inning, driving in two runs.

They continued to build their lead with two more runs in the third inning, courtesy of Brigid Burke’s groundout.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Crusaders exploded offensively, scoring five runs on two hits. Violet Ellerbrock’s single and Baylor Grant’s walk contributed to the rally, while an error allowed three more runs to cross the plate.

Isabelle Holler took the loss for the St, John Heralds, pitching four and two-thirds innings and surrendering 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits. Alyssa Cevera and Rylee Frasure managed to collect one hit each for the St. John Heralds.

The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders showcased their offensive prowess, amassing 11 hits in the game. Grant and McMahon proved to be key contributors, each driving in two runs. Alicia Varacky led the Crusaders at the plate, going 3-for-3, while Ellerbrock and Presley Trbovich also made significant contributions with multiple hits.

With this victory, the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders advance to the District Semifinal, where they will face the Western Reserve Blue Devils.


Ashtabula, OH- The St. John Heralds opened their OHSAA softball playoff run with a dominant 13-3 victory over the Sebring Trojans on Monday. Isabelle Holler, the Heralds’ right-handed pitcher, was the star of the show, striking out an impressive 13 batters in five innings of work.

The Trojans drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Keira Berger smacked a double, driving in two runs, and Kristal Giron followed with an RBI single to give Sebring an early 3-0 lead. However, the Heralds responded swiftly in the bottom half of the frame, as Nadia Lagoa drew a walk, and Caitlyn Carney singled to tie the game at 3-3.

The second inning proved to be the turning point, as the Heralds erupted for five runs on five hits to seize an 8-3 advantage. Alyssa Cevera delivered the decisive blow, a triple that plated one run. The Heralds added another run in the third when Emma Hutchins worked a walk, extending their lead to 9-3.

Holler was masterful on the mound, allowing just four hits and three runs while issuing only one free pass. Allison Hoschar, Sebring’s starting pitcher, struggled with her control, surrendering 10 hits and 13 runs (nine earned) in four innings, striking out one and walking 11.

Rylee Frasure led the Heralds’ offensive charge, driving in three runs while going 2-for-2 at the plate. Cevera, Frasure, and Carney each collected two hits apiece, while Holler, Gianna Torres, and Frasure displayed patience at the plate, drawing two walks each. The Heralds’ aggressive baserunning also paid dividends, as they swiped seven bases, with Holler and Frasure accounting for multiple steals.

For the Trojans, Berger provided a bright spot, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Raegan Wynn, Blake Thomas, Berger, and Giron each recorded one hit in the losing effort.

With the victory, the St. John Heralds advance to the Sectional Finals of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders on Wednesday.


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Bristolville, OH- The St. John Heralds faced a tough challenge against the Bristol Panthers and suffered an 11-1 defeat on Monday, marking their first loss since April 6th.

Bristol wasted no time establishing their dominance, scoring early in the second inning with an unearned run followed by a double from Fran Jimenez, bringing in two more runs.

The Panthers extended their lead in the third inning after capitalizing on errors by the Heralds and another timely hit from Jimenez, resulting in two more runs.

Brady Cole took the mound for the Heralds but struggled against the Panthers’ offense, allowing 11 runs (five earned) over four and two-thirds innings.

Kaiden Kohler started for the Panthers and held the Heralds to just one run over five innings, striking out five.

Despite the loss, Ezra Campbell and Will Anderson stood out for the Heralds with two hits each, while Campbell drove in their lone run of the game.

Bristol’s offense was led by Mikey Burbach, who drove in two runs, and Jimenez, who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.

Defensively, the Panthers were flawless, committing no errors throughout the game.

Looking ahead, the Heralds aim to bounce back as they face the very talented Warren JFK Eagles on Wednesday on the road.


Conneaut, OH- The St. John Heralds displayed their grit and determination on Saturday, emerging victorious in a hard-fought 13-8 battle against the Conneaut Spartans. Will Anderson led the charge for the Heralds, delivering a stellar performance at the plate with three hits in four at-bats.

The Heralds wasted no time in asserting their dominance, drawing first blood in the opening inning thanks to a pair of timely singles. Bryson Vennitti’s clutch hit drove in two runs, setting the tone for an offensive onslaught.

The Heralds continued to apply pressure in the second inning, with Brady Cole’s single and a costly Spartan error contributing to a two-run outburst. Anderson’s prowess at the plate shone through in the third inning, as his single added two more runs to the Heralds’ tally.

While the Spartans mounted a valiant comeback effort, scoring five runs in the seventh inning, the Heralds’ early lead proved too daunting to overcome. Lincoln Wade’s two-run single and Thaddeus Huya’s two-RBI knock provided a glimmer of hope for the Spartans, but the Heralds’ resilience ultimately carried the day.

Ryan Williams set the tone on the mound for the Heralds, striking out six batters and allowing just one unearned run over three impressive innings. Dylan Philip shouldered the burden for the Spartans, but the Heralds’ potent offense proved too much to contain.

The Heralds’ offensive onslaught was a true team effort, with Vennitti and Aaron Wychock contributing multiple hits apiece. AJ Henslee’s keen eye at the plate resulted in three walks, exemplifying the Heralds’ disciplined approach. The baserunning prowess of Cole and Wychock further compounded the Spartans’ woes, as the duo combined for multiple stolen bases in a display of aggressive baserunning.

Next up, the Heralds will look to carry their momentum into a clash against the Bristol Varsity Panthers on Monday, while the Spartans prepare for a road test against the Geneva Eagles.


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Ashtabula, OH- In a stellar display of pitching, Will Anderson led the St. John Heralds to a commanding 4-1 triumph over the Jefferson Falcons on Thursday, striking out an impressive 12 batters while allowing just three hits and one run over seven innings on the mound.

The Heralds wasted no time asserting their dominance, jumping out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brady Cole’s timely single and Ryan Williams’ productive at-bat, resulting in a fielder’s choice, paved the way for St. John’s offense to notch two crucial runs.

On the pitching front, Logan Padgett took the mound for the Falcons, delivering a solid performance despite facing a formidable Heralds lineup. Padgett tallied 10 strikeouts over five and one-third innings, conceding five hits and four runs (two earned) while issuing five walks.

Chase Clutter, batting eighth in the Heralds’ lineup, emerged as a standout performer at the plate, leading the team with two hits in three at-bats. Cole, Clutter, and Williams each contributed with an RBI, showcasing the balanced offensive production of the Heralds.

Defensively, the Heralds executed a crucial double play during the game, stifling the Falcons’ attempts to mount a comeback.

For the Falcons, Tate Hudson stood out with a solid performance at the plate, leading the team in hits.

Despite the loss, the Falcons demonstrated their defensive prowess, committing zero errors throughout the game. Michael McGraw showcased his defensive skills with the most chances in the field, registering nine opportunities.

Looking ahead, the Heralds will aim to carry the momentum from this victory into their upcoming home matchup against Badger on Friday. Meanwhile, the Falcons will seek redemption as they prepare to face off against the Perry Pirates in their next game.


Middlefield,OH- In a challenging matchup, the Fighting Heralds faced a tough test against the Cardinal Huskies, ultimately falling short in a 17-1 loss on Wednesday.

The Cardinal Huskies wasted no time in asserting their dominance, striking early in the bottom of the first inning. Pleva, M. Grant, and N. Soltis each contributed with key hits, driving in runs and setting the tone for the game.

Continuing their offensive onslaught, the Cardinal Huskies extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning. A. Grant’s double proved to be particularly damaging, driving in three runs and further solidifying the Huskies’ advantage. M. Soltis added to the scoring with a timely single, further widening the gap.

The Cardinal Huskies showcased their offensive prowess once again in the bottom of the third inning, piling on six runs on three hits. Krebs and Pleva were instrumental in driving in runs, while an error by the Heralds allowed three more runs to cross the plate, extending the Huskies’ lead.

Isabelle Holler took the mound first for the Fighting Heralds, facing a formidable Huskies lineup. Despite her efforts, Holler surrendered nine hits and seven runs over two innings, facing a determined Huskies offense. Nadia Lagoa, Emma Hutchins, and Caitlyn Carney managed to collect hits for the Heralds, but their offensive efforts were not enough to overcome the Huskies’ strong pitching and defense.

Alyssa Cevera provided a bright spot for the Fighting Heralds, driving in a run to put the team on the scoreboard. The Heralds displayed patience at the plate, drawing five walks throughout the game in an effort to generate offense.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal Huskies’ offense was led by M. Grant, who delivered three RBIs, and N. Soltis, who notched three hits on the day. Pleva, Soltis, and Krebs also made significant contributions with multiple hits, while A. Grant showcased discipline at the plate with two walks.

The Huskies’ aggressive baserunning was evident as Krebs and Kaminski each stole multiple bases, contributing to the team’s four stolen bases in the game.

Although the Fighting Heralds faced a tough loss, they will look to regroup and come back stronger in their next matchup. Meanwhile, the Cardinal Huskies will aim to carry their momentum forward as they continue their quest for success on the diamond.


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Ashtabula, OH- In a showdown of rivals on Tuesday, the St. John Heralds clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Harding Fairport Skippers with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. This moment was made all the more special as it was senior night for the Heralds.

With tensions running high and the game deadlocked at one apiece, Alyssa Cevera emerged as the hero for the Heralds, smashing a crucial triple that brought in the winning run.

The pitching duel between both teams was intense, with the Fighting Herald’s pitchers striking out eight batters, while Fairport’s hurlers managed to sit down seven.

The Heralds wasted no time in making their mark on the game, with Rylee Frasure delivering a clutch double in the first inning to put St. John on the scoreboard.

However, Fairport answered back in the top of the fourth inning, as Sadler’s double helped them knot the score at one run each.

As the game reached its climax, Alyssa Cevera stepped up to seal the victory for the Heralds, delivering a stellar performance on the mound and shutting down Fairport’s offense.

Cevera’s pitching prowess earned her the win, as she held Fairport hitless and scoreless over two crucial innings, striking out two batters and showcasing her composure under pressure.

Despite the tough loss, McFadden pitched admirably for Fairport, going six and two-thirds innings and allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.

The Heralds’ offensive effort was led by Cevera, Frasure, and Caitlyn Carney, each of whom collected two hits in the game. Cevera and Frasure also contributed with timely RBIs, while Carney showcased her speed on the basepaths by stealing two bases.

For Fairport, Sadler drove in their sole run of the game, going 1-for-3 at the plate, while Phillips led their offense with a 2-for-2 performance.

With this thrilling victory secured, the Fighting Heralds look ahead to their next challenge as they hit the road to face the Cardinal Varsity Huskies on Wednesday.